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Common Name: Cheddar Pink
Dianthus gratianopolitanus is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental, where it can be used to make a ground cover.
Western and central Europe from Britain and France to Moravia and Hungary.
Carboniferous limestone cliffs[
]. In Britain this species is only found in Cheddar Gorge[
Prefers a dry calcareous soil and a sunny position[
]. Dislikes shade[
]. Plants succeed when grown on the top of a broad or retaining wall[
]. Plants grow well in a maritime environment, though they dislike damp conditions.
Plants are hardy to about -20°c[
A very ornamental plant[
]. The flowers are strongly clove-scented and are very attractive to butterflies and moths[
]. The double-flowered form, 'Flore Plena' has an even stronger scent.
Can be used as a ground cover plant in a sunny position[
]. Plants should be placed about 25cm apart each way and form a slowly spreading carpet of growth[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame[
]. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 20°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings in mid summer in a cold frame. Very high percentage[
Division in early spring[
]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.